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New FSM Essential Recap: Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk

The heavyweight champion is crowned Saturday night in the Saudi Arabia

In a highly anticipated bout on May 18, 2024, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk clashed for the undisputed heavyweight championship at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Holding the WBC title, Fury faced Usyk, the reigning WBA, WBO, and IBF champion, in a fight that lived up to its billing as one of the most significant heavyweight contests in recent history.


Oleksandr Usyk comes from behind to become the undisputed champion of the world


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The main event was a closely contested fight that ultimately saw Oleksandr Usyk (22-0) emerge victorious via a split decision over Tyson Fury (34-1-1), marking him as the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the 4-belt era. The judges scored the bout 115-112, 114-113 for Usyk, and 114-113 for Fury.

Both fighters’ contrasting styles made for one of the century’s most competitive heavyweight fights. Fury attempted to use his significant height and reach advantage to remain on the outside perimeter of the ring and keep Uysk at bay. Weighing in at a career-low 262 pounds, Fury still had a notable weight advantage over Usyk, who came in at a career-heaviest 223 pounds

Usyk, as always, relied on his speed, footwork, and technical prowess. The undefeated Ukranian Figher remained aggressive throughout the fight, claiming the center of the ring and consistently applying pressure. As the rounds progressed, Usyk’s strategy of targeting Fury’s body began to open up his opponent. He displayed excellent movement and pressure, evading Fury’s punches while landing damaging counters.

Despite Usyk’s aggressive approach, the “Gypsy King” seemed to be finding more shots and even caused a cut over the right eye of Usyk in the 6th round. Fury used his jab effectively and looked ahead in the fight, but Usyk’s movement and combination punching kept him in the fight. In the ninth round, the tables turned dramatically.


Usyk managed to land a series of body shots that visibly affected Fury.


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After forcing him up against the ropes, Usyk managed to land a left hook that immediately stung Fury. The 6’9 WBC champ stumbled after being cracked and used everything he had to avoid falling to the canvas.

Just as he did in his first fight with Deonte Wilder, Fury showed his resilience to stay in the fight and remain on his feet before the referee stepped in and counted a knockdown for Usyk. Fury managed to come to just enough to remain in the fight right before the end of the round.

Usyk’s conditioning and relentless pace seemed to give him the edge in the championship rounds. He continued to land scoring blows, while Fury, though still dangerous, struggled to connect with any significant punches. In the final round, both fighters came out swinging in a last-ditch effort to win one final round, but it was Usyk who ultimately came out victorious.

After the fight, the new undisputed heavyweight champion dedicated the victory to his family and his country of Ukraine. After losing the split decision, Tyson Fury stated he believed he won the fight but still showed respect and congratulated Usyk. The “Gypsy King” stated his eagerness to meet Usyk again in October for their contracted rematch.

Usyk’s victory not only cemented his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of his generation but also set the stage for a potential rematch that boxing fans worldwide will eagerly anticipate. With Fury and Usyk’s promise to meet again later this year, the heavyweight division remains as thrilling and unpredictable as ever.


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